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These 6 Sustainability Projects Show the Future Isn't Looking So Dismal

It is rare to hear environmental scientists sounding positive about the future. But that's exactly what is happening now with an international group of researchers. Over the past two years, they have been gathering examples of positive initiatives of various kinds from communities around the world—leading them to believe the future will be significantly better and more sustainable.

The researchers have analyzed 100 of the more than 500 projects that have been submitted for review to their website, Good Anthropocene. As a result, they have identified some of the overarching trends in community initiatives that they believe will play a role in lifting the planet and its people.

The researchers pulled out six main overarching themes from the projects that were submitted. They are:

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MDMA approved for final trials to treat PTSD before possible legalization

FDA could make drug legal by 2021 if phase three tests involving controlled dosage and talk therapy are shown to alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to phase three trials of MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, the final phase of validation required to turn the party drug into a legal medicine.

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The world’s first “Tesla Town” with solar roofs and Powerwalls is coming to Australia

Developers in Australia just announced plans to build the world's first "Tesla town" – a small suburb off Melbourne's business district where every house will have a solar roof and a built-in Tesla Powerwall. The project has been hailed as one of the most environmentally sustainable developments in Australia, and forgood reason. Residents can expect to see their water use reduced by 43%, landfill contributions will be reduced by 80%, and the solar panels are expected to generate so much electricity that residents will be able to recharge their electric cars for free.

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All powered up - researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times

University of California, Irvine researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. The breakthrough work could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans for computers, smartphones, appliances, cars and spacecraft.

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The Desolenator: providing clean water to the world by using solar power

The British Company has invented a machine called Desolenator which can transform salt water and other un-potable water sources into pure, distilled water, suitable for human consumption. The clean water crisis influenced the company in developing a solution in order to provide this vital source to people. Turning ocean-water into potable drinking water has never been easier.

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Protecting Our Pollinators: Scientists Propose 10 New Policies

Pesticide regulation, diversified farming systems and long-term monitoring are all ways governments can help to secure the future of pollinators such as bees, flies and wasps, according to scientists.

In an article published today in the journal Science, a team of researchers has suggested ten clear ways in which governments can protect and secure pollination services – vital to the production of fruits, vegetables and oils.

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Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can
"The climate movement made an enormous mistake. We focused all our attention on fossil fuels, when we should have been pointing to something much deeper: the basic logic of our economic operating system. After all, we're only using fossil fuels in the first place to fuel the broader imperative of GDP growth.
"The root problem is the fact that our economic system demands ever-increasing levels of extraction, production and consumption. Our politicians tell us that we need to keep the global economy growing at more than 3% each year – the minimum necessary for large firms to make aggregate profits. That means every 20 years we need to double the size of the global economy – double the cars, double the fishing, double the mining, double the McFlurries and double the iPads. And then double them again over the next 20 years from their already doubled state."
"Our focus on fossil fuels has lulled us into thinking we can continue with the status quo so long as we switch to clean energy, but this is a dangerously simplistic assumption. If we want to stave off the coming crisis, we need to confront its underlying cause."

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Climate change made catastrophic coral bleaching 175 times more likely

Warm ocean waters that sucked the color and vigor from sweeping stretches of the world's greatest expanse of corals last month were driven by climate change, according to a new analysis by scientists, who are warning of worse impacts ahead.

Climate change made it 175 times more likely that the surface waters of the Coral Sea, which off the Queensland coastline is home to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, would reach the record-breaking temperatures last month that bleached reefs, modeling analysis showed.

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How to Leverage the Value of Sustainability into your Business Model
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy has for many years been seen as a largely reactive business function, satisfying increasingly demanding international compliance and regulations, whilst paying lip service to an increasingly ethical consumer base.But the advent of big data and the development of purpose designed sustainability data management and green oriented EPR software has opened up a huge opportunity for companies to make significant savings through more efficient supply chain management and informed decision making.

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Here's the Scientific Proof That Kindness Makes You Smarter, Stronger & Happier : Conscious Life News

What if the cure for your cold was opening a door for a complete stranger? Or watering your neighbor’s roses while they are away on vacation when you notice them wilting? How about stopping your headache by putting some spare change in someone’s parking meter when it is about to expire? Or, reversing inflammatory joint pain by letting someone cut in front of you in traffic without getting miffed? These are not just Pollyanna wishes for curing mental and physical ailments. Science abounds with proof that kindness cures, an even makes us smarter.

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